Sunday, March 29, 2015


Come join us for another incredible night sponsored by the Albany Sonic Arts Collective.  Following a massively successful show featuring Chris Corsano and Bill Nace, we've got just what you need to usher in Spring! 

What to expect?  Stunningly hypnotic swells of drone, textural ambience, blissful noise, and more!  This is Derek's first ever East Coast appearance too!


Wednesday April 8th
Music at 8PM
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark St.
Albany, NY

DEREK ROGERS (born 4 September 1980) is an American musician active in electronic composition, drone, free-improv, glitch, ambient, and noise textures.  He utilizes laptop processing as well as traditional instrumentation and field recordings to create emotionally resonant instrumental soundscapes.  Rogers is predominantly known as a prolific solo artist, having released some 50+ albums since 2007, and has recently collaborated with musicians such as Marcus Rubio, A.F. Jones, and Lee Noble in the duo Circuit Rider UK.  Currently, he is based in Dallas, TX.

"...makes me think not of faded memories or summer haze, but brains and stimulus, input and output – the chemical and mathematical nature of experience. It’s moving too – parts make me want to lie down for a while – but the best of Prevais lights up my gray matter." -- Marc Masters (Pitchfork Media)

"[Mist & Drift] has two long pieces that are slow moving, complexly layered and dreamily beautiful...the second piece begins with field recordings, then moves into slabs of electronic sounds organized in a way that recalls a string quartet, before the shifts start to become more menacing.  Very nice." -- Byron Coley (The Wire)

"Derek Rogers is the underdog of ambient music in the tape scene. Having issued triumphant works of modestly epic, vibrantly understated sounds on a bevy of imprints that read like a rap sheet of modern legends (Bathetic, Scotch, 905, Jehu & Chinaman, Obsolete Units, Hausu Mountain, Patient Sounds, Tape Drift, et al,), Rogers maintains a precise balancing act between glitching, grotesque, achingly stoic, and disarmingly beautiful. Although Rogers’ canon varies from release to release, you can count on each being a sincerely moving set of music." -- Bobby Power (Decoder Magazine)

"...electronic musician Derek Rogers is a genius when it comes to balancing minimalism with dense, abstract ideas. His expert sense of patience, mood and timbre was stunningly exemplified in his Circuit Rider UK collaboration with Lee Noble out on Jehu & Chinaman earlier this year, garnering much praise." -- Diego Aguilar (Decoder Magazine)
, formerly of Western Mass, returns from his new home in Dallas TX for a rare performance of creative sound generation. Whether as a member of Non-Event, the head of the Sedimental record label  or as a radio DJ, Rob has always focused his attention on the curatorial side of the experimental music scene.  Recently moving into performance zones, Rob has been indulging a long-gestating musical idea that was based on a conversation he and Paul Collegio (a fellow WZBC DJ) had many years ago regarding their love for and fascination with lock grooves. As an avid vinyl collector with a diverse taste in music, he has identified dozens of lock grooves throughout his record collection to draw from. The project is both highly personal, riffing on his collection and his DJ work, and also one that taps into a rather arcane form of “sampling.” Working exclusively with these hidden run-out lock grooves on pre-existing recordings as source material, he creates hypnotic and unpredictable sound collages that work both sides of the familiar and preternatural.

is the solo project of Eric Hardiman, co-founder of the Albany Sonic Arts Collective.  He also plays in Century Plants, Burnt Hills, Twilight of the Century, Location Ensemble, Insects Waiting, and Mensheviks.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CORSANO/NACE/BACZKOWSKI + Parashi + Ffrthsun !!!

Another stunning night of improvised jams sponsored by the Albany Sonic Arts Collective! If you haven't seen Chris Corsano, Bill Nace, or Steve Baczkowski, please DO NOT MISS THIS!! To say these guys are at the TOP of the game would be a understatement.

We're beyond thrilled to be hosting what is sure to be one for the ages. And regular ASAC jammers Parashi and Fossils from the Sun will round out the night to make things even better. BE SEEING YOU!

THURSDAY MARCH 26th @8:30 PM (doors@8:00)
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark Street
Albany, NY

BACZKOWSKI/NACE/CORSANO (reeds/guitar/drums)

PARASHI (solo electronics)

FOSSILS FROM THE SUN (solo electronics + vox)

2002: Baczkowski (reeds) meets Corsano (drums) and the two play with Paul Flaherty in an old Buffalo ice house

2002: Corsano & Nace (guitar) form Vampire Belt in what was once a Western Massachusetts bait shop

2005: Nace & Baczkowski meet in a town famed for its hockey sticks and first play together in a converted ice rink

2014: The trio records their first record, Stolen Car, scheduled for release on Golden Lab Records, Spring 2015

Multi-wind instrumentalist Steve Baczkowski lives in Buffalo, NY where he works as a conduit for creative music of any & every sort. Baczkowski began playing alto saxophone at age eight, switched to baritone by the time he was twelve, and has since developed a wide array of woodwind styles & formidable breathing techniques. In addition to organizing the Buffalo Improvisers Orchestra, and the Buffalo Suicide Prevention Unit, Baczkowski performs solo, in duos with guitarist Bill Nace & percussionist Ravi Padmanabha, and in frequent collaborations with numerous musicians in the Northeast & from around the world.

"Ranging through the most disparate aspects of his timbral unconsciousness, Baczkowski is nevertheless able to conjure up scents of Ned Rothenberg and Peter Brötzmann, while also taking the opportunity of sharing his own vision in diverse territories. His convolutions are raging yet equally serene." - Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

Bill Nace is an artist and musician based in Western Massachusetts. He has collaborated with an extraordinary range of musicians, including Michael Morley, Mats Gustafsson, Joe McPhee, Chris Corsano, Jooklo Duo, Chris Cooper, John Truscinski, Thurston Moore, Jake Meginsky, Jessica Rylan, Paul Flaherty, Wally Shoup, and Kim Gordon, with whom he regularly plays as one half of the duo Body/Head. Their critically acclaimed LP “Coming Apart” was released on Matador in 2013. He has been a featured musician in festivals such as ATP (curated by Jim Jarmusch and held in Monticello, NY), Colour Out of Space(Brighton, UK), Supersonic Festival (Birmingham, UK), International Festival Musique Actuelle (Victoriaville, QC), and Homegrown (Boston, MA). He has performed in a wide variety of venues, running the gamut from the Musee d'Art Contemporain (Strasbourg, France) to The Stone (NYC) to Bennington College (Vermont). Nace’s range has been described as “ veering from sculptural, almost Remko-Scha-esque chime to Loren Connors-style elegance in only a few short moves.” (Mimaroglu Music, 2010).

Chris Corsano is a drummer who's been operating at the intersections of free improvisation, avant-rock, and noise music since the late '90s. He's worked with saxophonists like Joe McPhee, Akira Sakata, Paul Flaherty and Evan Parker; guitarists such as Jim O'Rourke, Sir Richard Bishop and Nels Cline; and also one-of-a-kind artists Björk and Jandek. His style incorporates high energy free improvising, more textural work, and augmenting the drum kit with everything from cello strings stretched across the skins to disassembled saxophone parts.

“Corsano, despite being arguably the most riotosly energetic and creative drummer in contemporary free jazz, does far more than merely bash his kit into submission. Playing loud does not mean abandoning subtlety, and Corsano’s sudden shifts of texture and dynamics are a wonder to behold” - The Wire